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Ghana argues over Indian-made mansion

More than two years after the completion of the controversy-prone presidential mansion in Ghana's capital, built with Indian support, another storm has engulfed the project, suggesting that the serving president cannot live there because of security concerns.

world Updated: Aug 23, 2011 00:08 IST

More than two years after the completion of the controversy-prone presidential mansion in Ghana's capital, built with Indian support, another storm has engulfed the project, suggesting that the serving president cannot live there because of security concerns.

In a radio interview, National Security Coordinator Larry Gbevlo-Lartey blamed former President John Kufuor, during whose regime the Golden Jubilee Presidential Palace was built, for not properly consulting security officials before constructing the mansion.

"The house, as it stands today, is too vulnerable and makes it unsafe for President John Mills to live in," Gbevlo-Lartey added.

The building has been constructed on the grounds where the country's first President, Kwame Nkrumah, had his official residence, the Flagstaff House, which has been described by Gbevlo-Lartey as a "complete security enclave with the protection of the president guaranteed".